Movie Review — Atlas Shrugged, Part 1

by Ryan on April 21, 2011

in Anything Else,Culture,Economy,Media Bias,Politics,Pop Culture

So, we’re nearly two-and-a-half years into the Obama Nation and you still haven’t read Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged?  Poor, my friend, poor.  I won’t spoil anything here.

It’s definitely one of those books that you need to read because while the movie is entertainment (released on Tax Day!), the book is also a work of philosophy.  The main character, Dagny Taggart, is the vehicle through which Rand explains the main tenants of her philosophy, “objectivism” — a task which cannot be done in a mere 102-minute film.  Here is the film’s trailer:

Since I’ve read the book I could follow along pretty well, but I felt like some of the plot was rushed.  Following that line, it seemed as if they could have injected a little more emotion at certain points if only they had pushed a second take.  Add some emotion and smoother transitions and the movie would have been 105-minutes and very good.  Alas.

Ayn Rand’s moral comes through pretty clearly in the film (if some union shills I know see this film, Dagny will likely become their new anti-Christ!).  Though the film was low-budget and only showing on a few screens, it still held its own.  However, I have to give it a C+ for the pacing and lack of a consistent emotional center — two very preventable things.  Perhaps Atlas Shrugged, Part 2 will improve on those points.  Maybe.  Maybe not.  Who is John Galt?

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